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Two-year outcomes of radiofrequency device treatment of the nasal valve for nasal airway obstruction

Volume: 62 - Issue: 3

First page: 310 - Last page: 319

S.L. Silvers - C.M. McDuffie - D.M. Yen - J.N. Rosenthal - S.E. Davis - J.K. Han

BACKGROUND: Temperature-controlled radiofrequency (TCRF) device treatment of nasal valve dysfunction (NVD) was superior to a sham procedure control in reducing the symptoms of nasal airway obstruction (NAO) in this randomised controlled trial (RCT).
METHODOLOGY: Two-year outcomes for 108 patients actively treated in a prospective, multicenter, patient-blinded RCT were used to determine treatment effect durability and changes in medication/nasal dilator usage. A responder was defined as ≥20% reduction in NOSE score or ≥1 reduction in severity class.
RESULTS: The mean (SD) age of patients was 48.5 (12.3) years; 66 (61.1%) women. Baseline NOSE score was 76.3. The 2-year responder rate was 90.4% and NOSE score treatment effect was −41.7; 54.7% improvement. Of 57 patients using medications/nasal dilators at baseline, 45 (78.9%) either stopped all use (33.3%) or stopped/decreased (45.6%) use in ≥1 class at 2 years. Concurrent septal deviation, septal swell body, or turbinate enlargement did not significantly affect the odds of exhibiting a NOSE score of ≤25 at 2 years.
CONCLUSIONS: TCRF device treatment of NVD resulted in significant and sustained improvements in the symptoms of NAO at 2 years, accompanied by a substantial reduction in medication/nasal dilator use.

Rhinology 62-3: 310-319, 2024

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